March 8, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The 22nd-ranked Seminole softball team wrapped up first place in Pool A at the Seminole Invitational Tournament with a 7-0 win over Iowa State. Florida State moved to 2-0 in pool play after beating Middle Tennessee 2-1 earlier in the day and the Tribe is now 19-7 on the season.
Senior Leslie Malerich picked up her sixth win in-a-row and her second of the day as she improved to 11-5 on the year. With her sixth shutout of the season versus the Cyclones, the All-American has now gone 42 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
After going scoreless for more than nine innings in its first game of the Seminole Invitational, Florida State broke out its bats early versus the Cyclones. Brandi Stuart led the inning off when she singled to left field. Kimmy Carter sacrificed Stuart to second and then made a heads-up play by going to third when nobody was covering the base. Elisa Velasco brought Stuart home with the game’s first run when she bunted her way on at first.
Still in the second inning, Beth Wade drew a walk and advanced Velasco to second before Tatiana George drew the third free pass of the inning off of Cyclone starter Erica Martinez (1-2). With the bases loaded, Martinez’s wild pitch allowed Velasco to score and moved all the runners up one base. Shundra Colzie then drew the third walk of the inning before Becky Brock singled and a throwing error on the play allowed George and Wade to score. Colzie attempted to make it 5-0 but was thrown out at home on the play.
The Seminoles moved out to a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Shundra Colzie led-off by drawing another walk. She then moved over to second on a wild pitch. Brock bunted her over to third before Jessica van der Linden’s sacrifice fly platted the junior with van der Linden’s 10th RBI of the year.
The lead grew to 7-0 in the top of the seventh when George drew FSU’s fifth walk of the night and moved to second when Shundra Colzie reached first on a bunt. Robyn Larson’s pinch hit bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Both runs then came around to score on a wild pitch giving the Seminoles a commanding seven-run lead.
Florida State completes pool play against Auburn Saturday at the tournament’s second location, Messer Field. That game is set for a 12:00 p.m. start. Florida State will begin championship play at 3:00 p.m. at the Seminole Softball Complex versus the loser of tomorrow’s Ball State/Michigan game. For updated scores and field assignments, please visit our official athletic website at www.seminoles.com.